I have recently been wanting to read this book again. I still consider it one of the very best books that I have ever read, and it has had the most li...moreI have recently been wanting to read this book again. I still consider it one of the very best books that I have ever read, and it has had the most life-changing effects on me than any other novel that I have ever read. Very few books at all have had that effect on me. Yes, even more than Les Miserables by Hugo, although that book (along with The Hiding Place by Ten Boom) both take a close second.
This is one of those books that I refer back to often and re-read. It is one of my desert-island books, one of the very few that I feel truly deserves 5 stars. Yet, I have only read it twice. I figure it's time to read it again, and I look forward to it.
It's next on my list, I hope to start it tonight.
--- original review below --- This book is one of the very best that I have ever read. I found in it great and moving principles that are very meaningful to me.
Lucie Manette shows a deep and unconditional love for her father, Dr. Manette. Her love for him pulls him from his unstable mental state so that he can live and function again in the world after being imprisoned for so long.
It is also a great love story between Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette.
However, a surprise to me was the tremendous love that Sydney Carton had for Lucie and her family. When it became clear that he could not have Lucie, Carton still committed his love to help her and her family, if possible. Carton's eventual ultimate sacrifice that he gives freely is one of the most touching stories I have ever read. Much like Jean ValJean in Les Miserables, Carton becomes a Christ figure and gives his life to save Darnay, and Darnay's immediate family as well. "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."(less)
I have already read over half of this book, but it was a borrowed book, and I needed to return it.
What I read was excellent, and felt that the author...moreI have already read over half of this book, but it was a borrowed book, and I needed to return it.
What I read was excellent, and felt that the author has done a very fair job of describing and explaining the early history of the prophet Joseph Smith. Joseph is usually described in one of two ways: By his enemies as a swindling scoundrel (which he was not) and by his friends as a man who could do no wrong (which is also inaccurate).
The author found a good balance between the two and has described Joseph with what I believe are factual events and good descriptions of the man who was a great prophet of God who also had personal flaws.
I want to get my own copy of this book, and then finish reading it.(less)